Useful information
before Surgery

Instructions And Questions​

**Surgery and arrival times are subject to change** 

Your surgery time may be changed due to patient cancellations or unforeseen changes to the doctors schedule. You will be notified as soon as possible of any changes to your arrival and/or scheduled surgery time. Please ensure we have the correct telephone number on file to reach you at

DO NOT eat, drink, smoke or chew tobacco after midnight the night before your surgery.

This includes water, coffee, juice, hard candy, mints and chewing gum. If you do not follow these instructions your surgery will be rescheduled for another day.

If you are taking ANY medications follow the instructions provided by the surgeon.

Continue any medications containing aspirin or other blood thinning agents unless otherwise advised by your prescribing physician. Medications for heart conditions, blood pressure or seizure may be taken the day of surgery with a small sip of water. You should discuss the use of any diabetic medications with your primary care physician.

Personal Appearance & Bathing Instruction.

DO NOT wear makeup, dark colored nail polish, jewelry, body piercings or contact lenses to your surgery. You can take a shower or bath the morning of (or night before) the surgery. Please DO NOT apply any powders or lotions. You may brush your teeth, be sure not to swallow any water.

Transportation for your surgery must be arranged.

You will need to have a responsible adult drive you to surgery and home from surgery. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home, regardless of the type of anesthesia used. If you have not made the proper transportation arrangements your surgery will be rescheduled for another day. Some surgery centers require your driver to stay for the duration of the appointment, you will need to verify this with the surgery center prior to your surgery date.

Notify our office immediately if you are unable to keep your appointment for surgery, or you experience ANY changes in your health status, including cough, cold, fever or rash.


Pre-Surgery Most frequent questions and answers

Arizona Center for Hand to Shoulder Surgery does not set up the patients COVID-19 test. Many of the surgical facilities we partner with offer in house COVID-19 testing for patient convenience. You will need to contact the Surgery Center or Hospital where your surgery is scheduled for more information.

If you’re scheduled with the Arizona Specialty Surgery Center, you must complete your test within 10 days or less of your procedure. Results must be received no later than 12 noon the business day prior to the procedure to be able to continue with your surgery. Only NAAT, PCR and antigen tests are allowed.

Due to the nature of our trauma practice, surgery times are provided the day before your scheduled surgery when our lineups are confirmed. You will receive a call with this information one (1) day prior to your scheduled surgery.

Many of our patients simply provide their insurance funded transportation a tentative surgery time on the scheduled surgery date and update it once a check in time is provided during your confirmation call.

We accept CareCredit! You can apply for this medical credit card on If approved, you can use this toward your surgeon fees.

For this request, you will need to speak with your medical assistant. Please call 602-258-4788 and select the option to speak with your medical assistant. The Surgery Scheduling Staff are not able to assist with this matter.

Once the clearance is received by the surgery scheduling department, one of our team members will call to schedule surgery. If you have not been contacted, you may need to follow up with your clearing providers office. They can fax the surgery clearance to 602-258-5131 or send the clearance via our secure email to

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